Wednesday , 18 October 2017

Army chief kicks off farewell visits

Army chief General Raheel Sharif began his farewell visits on Monday, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. The army chief who is set to retire this month, kicked off his farewell visits and addresses from Lahore. He is expected to visit Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar soon. I don’t believe in extension …

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Govt warns WhatsApp users against video call scam

Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications on Sunday issued a web user advisory warning against a scam involving Whatsapp video calling. WhatsApp recently added fully encrypted video calling to its messaging app. However, scammers have exploited the rollout of the popular feature by circulating links inviting people to download it, …

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French right holds high-stakes presidential primary

FORMER French premier and candidate for presidential primary election Alain Juppe (left) arrives to vote in Bordeaux on Sunday. A man places a two-euro coin into a box (top right) at a polling station in Mulhouse. Anyone who pays two euros and signs a declaration that they subscribe to ‘the …

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US launches next-generation weather satellite with hopes to revolutionise forecasting

At 6:42 on Saturday evening, the United States launched a revolutionary new weather satellite into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida. When GOES-R arrives at orbit, it will see hurricanes and blizzards with higher resolution than any other US satellite of its kind. The scans will take less time and be …

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Trump touts retired gen as potential defence secretary

BEDMINSTER: US President-elect Donald Trump praised James Mattis as a potential defence secretary Sunday, calling the retd military commander a “true general’s general” as he prepared to meet another batch of possible cabinet members. Trump’s recent choices for other key posts attorney general, national security adviser and chief White House …

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Hyderabad’s contaminated canals

THE contamination of the Kotri barrage’s four main canals continues unabated as a result of the inflow of domestic, municipal and industrial wastewater. These canals, including old and new Phulelli, Akram Wah and Kalri Baghar feeder, supply water to the population that lives downstream the Kotri barrage. The people of …

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Tunnel farming gains ground

Tunnel farming for vegetables is becoming popular across the country as it boosts per-acre yield, cuts the cost of production and helps in off-season production. Back in 2005, the ‘fruit and vegetable development project’ of the Punjab government was launched as the first major initiative on tunnel farming. Now thousands …

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Power sector: winds of change

Is the promised relief from power shortages by the next elections really around the corner? Will it also bring about any reduction in electricity bills? The government claims to be on track for adding around 10,000MW of additional electricity by end 2018 or earlier, which is supposed to completely eliminate …

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KP’s new mine laws for investment

SINCE August the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has received 460 applications so far from prospective investors for new licences for mineral exploitation. The move follows a fresh ordinance on KP Mines and Mineral Development and Regulation, and the lift on the ban for new licences. The new law has repealed the …

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Accelerating retail investment

THE litmus test for the financial health of an economy is the speed at which it converts the savings of individuals and institutions into profitable investments. Globally, retail investors account for nearly 40pc of the investments in financial markets. Keeping in view the potential for retail investment in Pakistan, the …

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